Precision Agriculture Technologies for Dry Area

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Maximising data driven technology in the Agriculture

In previous blogs we mentioned the increasing issues in dry areas in the world. Think of Sao Paulo, Brazil and California, USA, with almost no water anymore in lakes, rivers and aquifers.

All kind of measures have been taken to increase the water use of people and industries. But which technologies are available to increase the water use in agriculture and still can rely on better harvests?
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Fertilizer from urine festival visitors

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Alcohol in the urine? That is no objection. Urine is filled with nitrogen and phosphate, useful substances, which do just fine as fertilizer in agriculture.

During the Nijmegen ‘99th Four Days Marches event, all visitors will be invited to pee not in nature or against churches on special toilets. For 7 days their urine will be collected.

The goal: reuse the huge pool as fertilizer for the growth and development of vegetables and plants. Read More

Roadmap to a Circular Economy in Europe

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Step by step the economy is changing from a linear to a circular process

We are running out of our resources: fossils, precious metals and even water. Our demand for resources keeps on growing. We are reaching the planet exceeds.

And now the good news: We know what the problems are. And we know how to solve it… Resource efficiency!

Let’s go circular. Read More

Save energy without anyone noticing

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The Sustainable Energy Test Site on the roof of the University Utrecht is one of the five Sustainable Roof Plans of the province of Utrecht

Ron Brenk is senior project manager building management.

Brenk coordinates the technical maintenance of the 10 buildings of the University of Utrecht. Read More

Israel’s best practices how to win drought

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Drip irrigation’s compostable plastic pipes for sustainable agriculture

Israel’s turnaround came with a seven-year drought, one of the most severe to hit modern Israel, that began in 2005 and peaked in the winter of 2008 to 2009.

The country needed to introduce measures and become drought resistant.

Now, the country has enough water for people, industries and agri.

What did they do? Lessons learned from a country where every drop of water counts.
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Industry: get ready for less water and more efficient use

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Power savings from the differential $20,000.00 – $35,000.00pa depending on demand

It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for sustainable use of industrial water. Let’s start to reduce, reuse and recover all industrial (waste) water.

Water managers: Start using less, water by efficient water processes. Read More

How can we make our economy circular and resource efficient?

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Circular Economy: reduce, remanufacture, repair, reuse, recycle your waste

Guided by diverse policies, European countries have improved waste management.
The manufacturing and service sector waste declined by about a quarter in 2004– 2012, while municipal waste generation fell 2 %.
Along with increased recycling, these trends helped reduce landfilling

Nevertheless, progress to EU waste targets is mixed. Achieving the EU’s long-term objective of establishing a circular economy will require far-reaching technological, behavioral and organizational changes.
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European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast

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Resource productivity in the EU grew by 20% between 2000 and 2011. And another 30% is expected by 2030, resulting in an additional 2 million jobs.

The circular economy in Europe is growing fast. Products are remanufactured, reused, repaired and recycled.

Closing the Loop – from waste to raw materials.

It’s great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

The benefits are clear: more jobs and a healthier environment.

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Clean, phosphate-free water and recovering valuable nutrients

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Alex Veltman with the result of the pilot production for struvite

Since the eighties, clean water plants in the Netherlands, remove phosphate and nitrogen from wastewater.

It’s a win-win situation.

  1. the nutrients can be used in fertilizers and bring money in
  2. it’s cleaner, phosphate-free water
  3. and it’s important to recover useful materials

The phosphate is found in the human (and animal) urine. Read More

Unilever needs no landfills anymore

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It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach.

Since 2015, Unilever is reusing all regular waste from more than 240 factories in 67 countries worldwide. This saves the company 200 million USD. 

Unilever- multinational food and non-food – reports that they are the first industrial group of this size, avoiding landfill on this scale. It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach. Read More

Ellen MacArthur: We need to switch to the circular economy

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To reuse or recycle a material, we need to know where materials are located.

During her world tour sailing Ellen became aware how important good material management was.

At sea, good materials are the difference between life and death.

Ellen started to think about the use of raw materials in our world economy. 

Her circular economy based on the principles of cradle-to-cradlewas born.

 

 

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E-waste as Art

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Michael Jordan’s art is famous. All from e-waste

Waste is a lack of imagination. We can win raw materials from electronic waste, but you can also recycle and upgrade it into art.

These artists show you there art from electronic waste in order for your awareness. Most of our electronics are replaced because there the market offers new stuff that’s better, more beautiful and faster.

As a consumer, you do have to ask yourself: is this product of no use any more for me? Read More

Plastic Recycling to top quality final products

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With every kilogram of recycled plastics, we save 2.5 kilogram in CO2 emissions

When plastics are recycled and reused, the world saves oil and energy (CO2 footprint).

99% of the annual 850,000 collected tonnes of plastics are successfully reprocessed in the Netherlands.  Read More

Is the Market Ready for Small-Scale BioRefinery Plants?

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The processing of the protein-free juice stream should be centralized (fermentation of C5 and C6 sugars and cellulose)

The West of the Netherlands produces annually over 200,000 tons of plant residues.

The remains of tomatoes and peppers together account for 170,000 tons.

At this moment, these residual materials now are composted.

But residual materials also have potential as a new raw material, if the chemical industries are interested. Read More

E-waste – recycling optimization

Valuable materials like copper, silver, gold etc. can be recycled from electronics like computers, cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Valuable materials like copper, silver, gold etc. can be recycled from electronics like computers, cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Sims Recycling Solutions provides the most efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible electronics reuse and recycling services possible.

Electronic waste (e-waste) can be recycled to valuable materials  like copper, silver, gold, metals and recycled plastics. 

This video showcases sophisticated shredding and separation technologies that offer unsurpassed recycling capabilities. Read More

Mexicans reduce 50% footprint recycling plastics

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Beautiful carpet from old Filippines plastic fishing nets

A new green technology has been developed to avoid water waste when recycling plastic that doesn’t require liquids, according to Mexican recycling company, AK Inovex.

The proces will be patented by Marco Adame, founder of  this great new recycling proces.  Read More

Roadmap with proven integrated and sustainable water resource approach

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Sustainable water management cycle

Water is world wide a fundamental resource challenge.

Also for California – with its very fast growing cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Water planning and management is a critical underpinning of California’s economy and environment.

This roadmap ensures an integrated and sustainable water resource approach.

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5 Easy Steps to Reduce Water in Industries

 

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Industries: decrease your water footprint

Out of 3% water water is consumed for industrial purpose. The increasing world population will also increase industrial water consumption.

Experts think of 15-20% by 2030. But we are running short of water, world wide. So what can industries do to reduce their water consumption? Read More